Anita Nowak is convinced that social engagement should carry more currency than IQ and EQ and her dream is to spark an Empathic Action revolution. To that end, as a Senior Fellow, she brings a wealth of expertise – and boundless enthusiasm – to the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, sharing her relevant skills and insights with staff, community and Jeanne Sauvé Fellows.
In 2011, while working as a post-doc research consultant for the European Research Institute on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) Anita conducted an exhaustive mapping project with leading business schools around the world to identify if/how social entrepreneurship education is delivered.
In 2012-13, Anita served McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management as founding Integrating Director of the Social Economy Initiative responsible for integrating social entrepreneurship and social innovation into the faculty’s teaching, research and outreach. In 2014, she was an advisor to The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE campaign.
In 2013-15, Anita served as Director of Operations of McGill University’s Social Learning for Social Impact GROOC (led by Dr. Henry Mintzberg and Dr. Leslie Breitner). She has taught Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation and Fundamentals of Fundraising at McGill since 2013.
Anita obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies at Concordia, which was followed by a Master’s in Media and Communication Studies from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and a PhD in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.
Deeply committed to the non-profit sector, Anita has served as a director and/or member of numerous Canadian organizations. Her international commitments have included participation in a sustainable development project for a native hill tribe in northern Thailand, and conducting a needs assessment for a women’s collective in Kigali, Rwanda that provides trauma counseling and micro-credit to survivors of the genocide.